Event ECG recording is a non-invasive exam (i.e., it does not require opening the patient) in which a portable ECG recorder is used to record heartbeats while a patient experiences symptoms (palpitations, breathlessness, dizziness, fainting).
The patient receives a portable ECG recorder at a visit to the ambulatory clinic. For this visit, the patient must:
During the appointment, a technologist will give instructions for the next two weeks. The technologist will also perform a test to ensure that the patient clearly understands the instructions and knows how the device works. The patient must bring the device back on the date indicated by the technologist.
The device must not get wet (in the pool, bath or shower), and patients must continue with their normal daily activities.
A cardiologist analyzes the events recorded over the two-week period and then sends the results to the requesting physician.